Comfort Food

Green Bean Casserole

New prose by Jessica Lawless 


1 bag frozen French cut green beans

1 can Durkee’s French fried onions

1 can Campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom soup

¾ cup of milk

Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350. Mix everything together except the Durkee’s onions. Pour in half the onions mix, and bake concoction for 30 minutes. Pour rest of onions on top and bake for 5 more minutes


My mom didn’t cook. Much. She had a few specialties, hamburgers on a bun–where she spread the raw meat on the enriched white buns and put them under the broiler, haroset at Passover, matzoh ball soup from a box at Hanukkah, and green bean casserole on Thanksgiving.

She stopped making all of these when I was sixteen.

That’s when she started a macrobiotic diet.

I wasn’t going to give up the French fried onions so I took over making the green bean casserole.


Years later, even though I wasn’t on speaking terms with my family I still made the casserole.

I brought it to my first queer family alternative Thanksgiving. We had the meal on the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a protest against the racist, colonialist, nationalist, patriarchal holiday. Everything was vegan and locally grown.

Fresh green beans

Fresh Portobello mushrooms

Fresh Garlic

Fresh thyme

Fresh sage

Rice milk


Measure and mix everything to taste. Bake for 30 minutes. Crumble gluten free tapioca bread across the top and bake for 10 more minutes.

I’ve been on speaking terms with my mom for longer than I wasn’t. Though the thing we can talk about without tension is our cats. I haven’t been to her house for Thanksgiving in over twenty years but we do talk menus. She buys the Tofurkey from her local co-op and heats it up. I make the green bean casserole.


Fresh green beans

Fresh mushrooms

Sautee in vegan mushroom soup

Dried sage and thyme

Fresh rosemary

Almond milk


Mix ingredients together. Add in one can of French’s French fried onions. Bake for 30 minutes. While casserole is baking eat half of the second can of French’s French fried onions. Add other half of can of onions to top of casserole Bake 7 more minutes. Take digestive enzymes to deal with onion allergy.

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